Call before you dig

Oklahoma One Call System

Okie811Cookson Hills Electric is a member of the Oklahoma One Call System (Call-Okie). Call-Okie is a valuable tool used in preventing damages to public services.  It is a communication link between the excavators and operators of underground facilities.  Call-Okie is a safety and damage prevention program designed to promote public awareness and to eliminate potential hazards posed to excavators, the general public, vital underground facilities and the environment, whenever excavation is done.

Excavation damage can cause injury, loss of life and environmental harm.  It also causes interruptions to vital services and can involve tremendous repair costs.  So, please, dig safely and follow these steps:

          CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
          
Call Okie to request a locate at one of the following numbers:
          Dial 811
          - or-
          1-800-522-6543

          WAIT THE REQUIRED TIME FOR MARKING
          48 hours before you dig

          RESPECT THE MARKS

          DIG WITH CARE

          
811 OK Information

On March 10, 2005, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the use of 811 as a national call-before-you-dig telephone number to interface with the nations’ 62 one call centers. As a result, the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has been assigned to develop a national campaign to promote the awareness of 811.

For more information, visit the www.okie811.org website.

Scammers are once again targeting the Cookson Hills Electric service area. This time, they are not only attempting to swindle money over the phone but are also making personal visits. There have been reports of individuals claiming to be Cookson Hills employees, contractors, or representatives visiting homes and asking to inspect the electric meters. These individuals assert that Cookson Hills Electric is replacing all meters with digital ones to accommodate solar power and that members would be charged $15 a month for the new meter.

We want to assure you that this information is NOT accurate, and these individuals are not affiliated with Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative or Cookson Hills Connect. Here are three simple tips to help you avoid being scammed:

Never give a copy of your bill, driver's license, or personal information such as your date of birth, social security number, or account number to anyone visiting your home, calling, texting, or emailing you. Only provide this information when you visit our office or initiate a call to us.

Watch out for warning signs, such as threats to disconnect your service or requests for payments using gift cards, wire transfers, or other unusual payment methods.

If someone arrives at your home, ask them to wait outside while you call Cookson Hills Electric at 800-328-2368 to verify their identity. If they contact you by phone, hang up and contact us to discuss your account. Don’t reply to an email or text without contacting us first.
You work hard for your money, and scammers try to trick you out of it. Cookson Hills Electric is here to help you avoid these scams. Remember, call us at 800-328-2368 or visit our office, and we will be happy to assist you by addressing any questions you may have. For further information on avoiding scams, visit the Utilities United Against Scams website at https://www.utilitiesunited.org/#ConsumerGuide.